Adventures in Legal Technology and Design
January 30, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
We will discuss the growing movement to make legal services more efficient, accessible, and user-friendly — with examples across the legal system, from around the country as well as our own work, both at Stanford's Law School and Design School. We will also discuss the potential for future work and the unique role that Stanford can play in the modernization of the legal system.
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Ron Dolin, Research Fellow, Stanford Law School
Ron received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years there, he left for graduate work in computer science, obtaining a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. Ron ended up as one of the first 100 at Google, and left after several years to get a law degree from U.C. Hastings. Ron is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology startups, and teaches legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School. Ron is working on a program on legal innovation at Stanford's School of Design, as well as working with Berkeley's Schools of Law and Information, gearing up to teach legal technology there as well. Ron recently gave a keynote talk about the injection of innovation in big law at the G100 meeting of the CIO's of the 100 largest law firms at the ILTA 2013 conference in Las Vegas.
Margaret Hagan, Fellow, Stanford d.School
Margaret Hagan started her career on the path of the academic. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago; she got her Masters degree in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, and she received her Ph.D in Politics and International Studies from Queen’s University in Belfast. Margaret attended SLS, became the co-president of the Stanford Law and Technology Association and was admitted as a fellow at the Center for Internet & Society, focusing on privacy and technology. Margaret also became enthralled by the Liberation Technology Group, which focuses on the role technology can play in international crises. Today, Margaret is marrying her legal expertise with design thinking to help people better understand the law and improve access to justice. She has built more than 10 apps, including Law School Dojo and GRE Dojo, which use quizzes to help users gain a better grasp of the law and the GRE respectively. She also developed Turkification, a quiz-based platform for users who wish to learn Turkish. As a d.school fellow, Margaret plans to develop a new field: legal design. The process will involve bringing those with legal expertise together with their counterparts in the design world. The ultimate goal is to both improve the job market for a growing number of unemployed and underemployed lawyers while improving access to legal counsel for prospective clients